Travel advisory: Safe travel this fall - Last updated September 22, 2021 View ×

Your journey. Your safety. Our priority. 

Canada-wide recreational travel is back and all BC Ferries routes are open to all types of travel.

Extra cleaning and sanitizing measures will remain in place to ensure a safe travel experience for customers and crew this fall.

Following the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, as of September 2:

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for all individuals 12 and older, with the following exceptions:
    • when inside a vehicle
    • when consuming food or drinks in designated areas
    • persons with a medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask
    • persons unable to place or remove a mask without assistance
    • BC Ferries employees working behind a physical barrier or within employee-only areas, provided physical distancing is maintained
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.
  • Be respectful of others’ personal space and continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing.
  • If you or anyone in your family feel sick stay home and get tested.
  • Find more information on BC’s Restart Plan and how it impacts your travel plans.

We’re asking customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry's advice to be kind, be calm, and be safe. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. Any customer who abuses an employee will be denied service. 
 

Travel to Indigenous Communities 

In keeping with BC’s Restart Plan, most Indigenous communities in BC are accepting visitors as of June 15th. Haida Gwaii will start to accept visitors from BC and across Canada from July 1st onwards. Before visiting, we recommend that you check the latest information available from the accommodation, activity and local transportation businesses you are planning to visit and use. 

Indigenous Tourism BC has a list of Indigenous communities and experiences in the province that are currently open and welcoming visitors, including tips on how to visit responsibly.
 

Foot passengers

When travelling, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for passengers 12 and older, with the above exceptions. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen - Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay, Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands, and our North Coast routes, and can now be made online.  On all other routes, foot passengers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis until passenger capacity has been reached, and tickets may be purchased at the terminal.

 

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Bus/Coach passenger screening

As per Transport Canada requirements, all customers, including coach and bus passengers, who travel with BC Ferries on sailings that are 30 minutes or longer, must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and their travel will be restricted if they do not meet the screening requirements. Coach and bus operators are required to screen passengers prior to allowing them to board. All passengers must answer the following questions:
 
  1. Do you have a fever and a cough?
  2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty?
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19?
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order?
  5. Are you in possession of a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, and do you agree to wear this covering in situations where you cannot maintain two metres of physical separation from your fellow passengers?
If a customer answers 'yes' to any questions from 1 to 4, and/or 'no' to question 5, or refuses to answer, BC Ferries will deny them boarding.

Bus & coach services

Metro Vancouver
BC Ferries Connector (operated by the Wilson's Group)
Phone: 1-888-788-8840
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS
Service has resumed - one run per day, 7 days a week.

As per BC Ferries regulations, passengers will be asked if you are in possession of a face covering for your mouth and nose and you agree to wear it if you cannot maintain 2m/6ft of physical separation from other passengers.
 
Enjoy direct coach service between downtown Vancouver or Vancouver Airport and downtown Victoria. BC Ferries Connector tickets can be purchased in advance online or over the phone (see above), or on board select sailings between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay), allowing you to board the coach on the ferry. Visit the BC Ferries Connector website to book.

For customers boarding a BC Ferries Connector coach on the ferry, ensure that any baggage checked at the terminal has a BC Ferries Connector bus tag on it.

TransLink
Phone: 604-953-3333
Translink is Metro Vancouver's transportation authority responsible for bus, rail and SeaBus transit services. Translink Compass Cards can be purchased at our Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals.

West Vancouver Blue Bus
Phone: 604-985-7777
Victoria and Vancouver Island
BC Ferries Connector (operated by the Wilson's Group)
Phone: 1-888-788-8840
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS
Service has resumed - one run per day, 7 days a week.  

As per BC Ferries regulations, passengers will be asked if you are in possession of a face covering for your mouth and nose and you agree to wear it if you cannot maintain 2m/6 ft. of physical separation from other passengers.
Enjoy direct coach service between downtown Vancouver or Vancouver Airport and downtown Victoria. BC Ferries Connector tickets can be purchased in advance online or over the phone (see above), or on board select sailings between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay), allowing you to board the coach on the ferry. Visit the BC Ferries Connector website to book.

For customers boarding a BC Ferries Connector coach on the ferry, ensure that any baggage checked at the terminal has a BC Ferries Connector bus tag on it.

VI Connector 
Phone: 1-866-986-3466  Service has resumed.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or over the phone for daily bus service between Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Campbell River, Port McNeill and Port Hardy. Visit the VI Connector website to book.

Tofino Bus
Phone: 1-866-986-3466  Service has resumed.
Tofino Bus tickets can be purchased in advance online or over the phone (see above) for daily bus service to Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino.

Campbell River Transit System (BC Transit)
Phone: 250-287-7433

Comox Valley Transit System (BC Transit)
Phone: 250-339-5453

Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System (BC Transit)
Phone: 250-746-9899

IslandLink Bus
Daily scheduled bus service between Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo and Duncan, Mill Bay, Victoria, Parksville, Buckley Bay, Cumberland, Courtenay, Black Creek and Campbell River. Advance bookings recommended (available online only). Visit the IslandLink Bus website to book.

Nanaimo Airporter Shuttle Service
Phone: 778-441-2133
Service between Chemainus, Gabriola Island, Duke Point and Departure Bay ferry terminals and the Nanaimo Airport. 

Nanaimo-Parksville Regional Transit 
Phone: 250-390-4531

Port Alberni Transit System (BC Transit)
Phone: 250-339-5453

North Island Transit System (BC Transit)

Victoria Regional Transit System (BC Transit)
Phone: 250-382-6161
Sunshine Coast, Powell River & Bowen Island
Salt Spring Island
Prince Rupert
Haida Gwaii
Eagle Transit
Phone 250-559-4461
Travel convenience
Enjoy hassle-free coach travel when you book the BC Ferries Connector service, operated by The Wilsons Group. Book today for trips between Vancouver and Victoria.
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BC Ferries Connector (map)
Travelling with baggage

Credit: Brian Jackson

Check-in baggage

Take advantage of our secure check-in baggage services - available for foot passengers on select routes.

Travelling with your pet on the ferry

Pets

Your small pets, including dogs, cats, birds and more, are welcome on our ferries and ride for free.

Travelling with Dangerous Goods on BC Ferries

Dangerous goods

See what goods are classified as dangerous, and learn how to declare them before you travel.